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A savannah sparrow

A new study has found that savannah sparrows near noisy sites are having a hard time communicating, in part due to stress. (Photo: Paulson Des Brisay)

Photo: Paulson Des Brisay
Study finds birds near noisy sites are stressed out and struggling to adapt
A boreal caribou cow nurses her calf in northeastern B.C.

A boreal woodland caribou cow nurses her calf in northeastern B.C. (Photo: Ryan Dickie/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Ryan Dickie/Can Geo Photo Club
Environmental groups frustrated by lack of action on the part of the provinces 
Parks Canada red Muskoka chairs on a snowy slope overlooking the Banff townsite

Red Muskoka chairs placed by Parks Canada to encourage reflection wait for visitors at the Mount Norquay viewpoint above Banff townsite in Banff National Park. In a new report, Parks Canada has pledged to put nature first in decisions affecting national parks. (Photo: Kevin Mihalcheon/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Kevin Mihalcheon/Can Geo Photo Club
Responding to feedback from Canadians, environment minister Catherine McKenna promised a renewed focus on science and conservation for Canada's protected places
Franklin, RCGS, Arctic, painting

RCGS Fellow and artist Christopher Walker painted “Expedition,” of Sir John Franklin's HMS Erebus and Terror, to depict the determination and hopeful spirit that carried the explorers into the Arctic in the first place. Read on to see what a few of the Society’s other Fellows are working on this year. (Image: Christopher Walker)

Painting: Christopher Walker
From painting a new side of the Franklin expedition to documenting shipwrecks along Ontario’s Hudson Bay Coast, see what just a few of the RCGS’s more than 1,000 Fellows are working on in 2018
Sea otters play among the kelp in Tofino, B.C.

British Columbia is developing its own species at risk legislation, which environmental groups hope will afford more protection to endangered species in the province, like the sea otter (pictured). (Photo: Marco Crescenzi/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Marco Crescenzi/Can Geo Photo Club
Environmentalists hope the long-awaited legislation will compensate for shortcomings in the federal Species at Risk Act
A snowy owl sits on a fencepost

A new report on the state of the world's birds identifies the snowy owl as one of hundreds of species at risk of extinction due to geographic and climatic changes in its range. (Photo: Nicole Watson/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Nicole Watson/Can Geo Photo Club
Agricultural expansion, invasive species, climate change blamed for decline in bird species worldwide
Ground fog in the Great Bear Rainforest

Fog blankets trees in the Great Bear Rainforest. The rainforest is one of nearly 50 forest conservation projects included in the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy (QCC), an ambitious legacy project aimed at creating a global network of protected forests in the Commonwealth nations. (Photo: Jenny Stevens/Can Geo Photo Club)

Photo: Jenny Stevens/Can Geo Photo Club
An ambitious legacy project called the Queen's Commonwealth Canopy unites forest conservation projects in the Commonwealth countries 
A male Canada warbler

A male Canada warbler. This tiny bird flies more than 5,500 kilometres each spring from its winter grounds in South America to its breeding grounds in Canada. (Photo: William H. Majoros [CC BY-SA 3.0])

Photo: William H. Majoros (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Conserving at-risk species is difficult when they’re constantly crossing international borders, but digital tools are making it easier than ever to track feathered globetrotters
Coral bleaching at Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef, February 2016

Coral bleaching observed at Heron Island in the Great Barrier Reef, February 2016. Coral bleaching occurs when water temperatures are abnormally warm for extended periods of time and is a sign that the corals are under stress. (Photo: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Richard Vevers)

Photo: The Ocean Agency/XL Catlin Seaview Survey/Richard Vevers
New Canadian research suggests marine ecosystems are quite literally in hot water as the global climate warms
Polar Knowledge Canada, Antarctica, DNA, springtail, ice, ice shelf, climate change

A researcher at a soil-sampling site near the Ross Ice Shelf (part of the Western Antarctic Ice Sheet). Scientists are looking at the DNA of tiny springtails collected at this and other Antarctic sites to trace millions of years of environmental change. (Photo: Ian Hogg)

Photo: Ian Hogg
Tiny springtails in Antarctica are teaching scientists about monumental environmental change
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